Local fire ban for residents in North Coast Region

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for North Coast region residents.

The local fire ban will be in place from 11.55pm Monday, 30 November for residents in the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie, Noosa and Sunshine Coast areas.

Current and upcoming fire conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited (subject to exemptions) and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking or providing warmth are allowed however must be used within a proper constructed vessel (such as barbecue, pizza oven, fire pit) where the fire cannot escape or cause embers to drift.

The use of power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

The ban is expected to remain in place until 11.55pm Monday, 7 December.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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